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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-15-2018, 12:53 PM
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The 2019 HEV/PHEV Niros headed for Europe have an optional towing package, I assume beefing up the cooling system and brakes. Towing limit is 750 kg and I think I remember a 40 kg limit on the tongue.

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I have towed 10 bags of mulch. I have towed 12 cubic feet of garden soil. And I have towed my fishing kayak.

The Niro didnt act any differently, but I used Sport mode a lot more than usual. That serms to lock up the gears much better when starting and stoping.

But mostly I use the hitch for tying the rear of the kayak when it is on the roof racks.
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I doubt that coolant temperature would budge (never seems to on mine), but it would be interesting to check what your car does with and without the kayak on top. But at some point, towing needs more cooling capacity. Long hot days, heavy loads, climbing mountain passes.

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I doubt that coolant temperature would budge (never seems to on mine), but it would be interesting to check what your car does with and without the kayak on top. But at some point, towing needs more cooling capacity. Long hot days, heavy loads, climbing mountain passes.
Well, I am leaving on a 1200 mile trip with the kayak on top. I will report back in a few days.
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Well, I am leaving on a 1200 mile trip with the kayak on top. I will report back in a few days.
400 miles down...399 of them in horrible rain.

Temperature hovered right around 201 - 212, gas consumption worse than average at 41. Rain and kayak cause lots of added air resistance.

The ride is perfectly fine, made 7 hours and no sore butt cheeks.

Ill check back in later.
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If you are getting 41 with a kayak strapped on top, not bad!
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Final tally is 1150 miles. MPG actually went up a bit to 42, but my last gasoline stop at a Pilot outside Richmond VA was a mistake. That tank averaged 31.9. There were times I had to hold it to the floor to stay at 70 mph. Must have a 80 octane or something, maybe it had extra corn squeezins in it but I need to get that out of there.

All in all, a good 10 hour a day vehicle. Never felt any discomfort and the Harmon Kardon + Slacker is the ticket.
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So I just got the Niro and am moving to California from Michigan next spring. I noticed towing was kind of a no-go. What about those cargo things that you can put in a hitch and carry like bags and totes on the bumper of the car? Has anyone tried those? I was thinking about just doing that.

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As long as you don't exceed the maximum load capacity of the vehicle which includes all the occupants, luggage, and what you ate for lunch.

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Niro capable of towing a Yamaha EX waverunner jetski?

Great forum!

I am considering purchasing a Niro with the intent of towing a Yamaha EX waverunner behind it. Has anyone tried attempting this before and could you please share your experience in doing so?

The Yamaha EX waverunner weighs in at 577 lbs (about 600 lbs with fuel and accessories) and the trailer weighs in at roughly 220. Entire rig is estimated to be right between 800-850 lbs and tongue weight can be adjusted (52/48) as to not put too much weight on the rear.

Then there's me at 175 lbs, bringing the total to just over 1000 lbs.

Should I be looking at another vehicle?

Thanks in advance!
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